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Jolla Sailfish OS gets certified for Russian government use

Jolla Sailfish OS gets certified for Russian government use

Things have been a little rough so far this year for Jolla, the Finnish startup behind the open-source Sailfish OS. First its tablet device was confirmed dead after a mere 540 units were shipped, and then it found itself in financial trouble before securing $12 million in funding. But now there's some good news for the future of Sailfish, which is that Russia has certified the OS for official use in both governments and corporations.

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Lego Worlds brings Minecraft gameplay with February launch

Lego Worlds brings Minecraft gameplay with February launch

If Minecraft was inspired by the idea of playing with real-world Legos, then it's time for the influential sandbox building title to do the same for the Lego video game franchise. Warner Bros. has just announced the February release for Lego Worlds, an open-world game that promises to allow players to "build anything, do anything, and go anywhere," on PS4, Xbox One, and Steam.

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Zotac VR Go backpack PC is now available

Zotac VR Go backpack PC is now available

A while back, PC-maker Zotac unveiled its VR Go backpack system, a small-form gaming computer that allows users to experience untethered virtual reality when paired with headsets like the Oulus Rift or HTC Vive. The good news is that the PC is available starting today, but the bad news is that it will cost you $2,000 without any customizations, and that's on top of the VR headset you need to already own.

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Google Earth creates 30-year timelapses of climate change

Google Earth creates 30-year timelapses of climate change

Google has announced a new Google Earth Timeplapse feature, created in partnership with Time, that presents satellite imagery from 32 years of the Earth's surface in animations to show in detail how our planet is changing. Google Earth has added an additional four years of maps to what was available before, and now makes use of higher-resolution images that offer greater surface details, as well as animations with consistent color and quality.

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PogoCam is a small, attachable camera that works with almost any eyeglasses

PogoCam is a small, attachable camera that works with almost any eyeglasses

The Google Glass may have gloriously failed, but that's not stopping tech companies from giving the eyeglass camera wearable another shot. Most notable has been the gradual rollout of Snapchat's Spectacles, which features a camera integrated with a pair of simple sunglasses that records brief videos and shares them on the social app. But if you'd prefer to shoot video that's not tied to one app, and use your own glasses, the PogoCam is just what you're looking for.

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Surface Studio iFixit teardown: ARM CPU, upgradable hard drive

Surface Studio iFixit teardown: ARM CPU, upgradable hard drive

Some of the very buyers of Microsoft's new Surface Studio all-in-one PC will be receiving their orders soon, and the teardown experts at iFixit were among the first to get their hands on one. They wasted little time in diving beyond that 28-inch touchscreen display in their effort to rate the device's repairability. Like most compact PCs and laptops these days, most components are locked in place, preventing any kind of repairs/modifications by users, but iFixit still came away with a few surprises.

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Nebula glass set adds stunning space photos to every beverage

Nebula glass set adds stunning space photos to every beverage

It's difficult to find a unique mug or drinking glass; there's one for every sports team, one with every witty saving, amusing picture, and pithy platitude. Perhaps that makes the new Nebula Glass Set so special -- these black glasses feature stunning photos of space nebulas, ones that are both beautiful and arguably classy. The set is comprised of four glasses, each featuring a specific nebula spotted by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Ford sends self-driving cars to Europe as testing spreads

Ford sends self-driving cars to Europe as testing spreads

Ford is set to expand its real-world autonomous vehicle testing, kicking off on-the-road trials in Europe next year. The expansion builds on Ford's existing project in North America, where the automaker has already announced it aims to launch a self-driving rideshare scheme by 2021. Now, just like an American driver taking a local driving test while abroad, Ford's technology has to get to grips with foreign roads.

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Galaxy S8 tipped to feature front camera with autofocus

Galaxy S8 tipped to feature front camera with autofocus

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will feature a front-facing camera with autofocus functionality, according to sources, a relatively rare feature aimed at improving the quality of user selfies. Front-facing smartphone cameras are largely fixed-focus modules, with few exceptions, due to their limited use. However, the increased popularity of selfies, as well as broadcasting one's self using a phone, has spurred maker's to use higher-quality camera modules.

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Lyft gets more transparent with upfront ride prices in some cities

Lyft gets more transparent with upfront ride prices in some cities

Lyft is making the cost of a ride more transparent in some cities, announcing the launch of upfront price totals — that is, the ability to see how much your full trip will cost with everything factored in, including the company’s version of surge pricing (when applicable), taxes and such. This eases riders' minds when it comes to cost, and also keeps the no-longer-pink-mustachioed company at pace with competitor Uber.

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Has Tesla’s Supercharger Network finally met its match?

Has Tesla’s Supercharger Network finally met its match?

Tesla's Supercharger network is arguably the jewel in the EV company's crown: without it, after all, cars like the Model S would be far less appealing for everyday transportation. Now, though, a consortium of traditional automakers is partnering up to eclipse Superchargers with a more widespread connector than Tesla's proprietary plug. Including big names like Volkswagen Group, BMW, and Daimler, the joint venture aims to make all-electric long-distance travel a reality, in Europe at least.

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Immersive Nintendo attractions are coming to three Universal theme parks

Immersive Nintendo attractions are coming to three Universal theme parks

Nintendo attractions are heading to the Universal theme parks in Hollywood, Orlando, and Japan’s Osaka, the company has announced. Plans to launch Nintendo attractions at Universal resorts were announced early last year, and while we still have some waiting before they go live, we now have more info about what to expect. Among other things, Nintendo says these attractions will target all age groups and will be both 'immersive and interactive.'

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